When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”- Psalm 94: 19 (New American Study Bible)
In Chapter 22 (“Beyond Worry”) of Blessings, Laura Story speaks to our human condition when she notes that deep down in our hearts we know that God will provide and we should trust Him completely, yet that message doesn’t always get through to our heads. We can’t seem to help ourselves. Barbara Johnson comments on the uselessness of worry: “Worry is the senseless process of cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with leftover problems from today.”
Worry infiltrates our thoughts because, as Laura notes, “we are imperfect human beings who possess imperfect faith.” When worry starts seeping into our conscious thoughts, threatening to put a stranglehold on our faith, Jesus invites us to take our fears and sorrows to Him and leave them here. Hannah Whitall Smith defines the life of faith that makes this possible:
“This life of faith, then, consists in just this- being a child in the Father’s house. Let the ways of childish confidence and freedom from care, which so please you and win your heart when you observe your own little ones, teach you what you should be in your attitude toward God.”
Today’s question: What are your major worries in regard to your job loss? How have you learned to give them over to Jesus? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Finding blessings in waiting”